In today’s digest:
- Attack against funeral in Aleppo kills dozens
- Deadly attack against wedding in Iraq
- ISIS-claimed suicide blast in Yemen
- Russian journalist dead in Ukraine in apparent suicide
- Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff to start defense against impeachment
- Prominent human rights lawyer released in Egypt
- Italy opens probe as earthquake death toll hits 290
- Students in Malaysia call for arrest of unnamed high-ranking official
At least 24 people were killed by barrel bombs targeting a funeral in rebel-held Aleppo on Saturday. Syrian media activists released footage of children burned by incendiary weapons in Homs’ rebel-held Al-Waer district treated with mud by doctors, saying two children were killed in regime airstrikes.
Terrorists killed at least 40 people at a wedding in the central Iraq oasis town of Ain Al-Tamer. One attacker detonated his suicide vest, while another four were killed by security forces. Iraqi forces liberated the northern city of Qayyarah by Iraqi forces from ISIS last week.
A suicide blast in Yemen’s Aden killed at least 71 people on Monday. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, which targeted a training camp for pro-government militias.
Journalist Alexander Shchetinin was found dead of an apparent suicide in his Kiev apartment on his birthday. Shchetinin was a critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and had reportedly given up his Russian citizenship. He died of a gunshot wound to the head, behind a locked door. His friends suspect foul play.
Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is expected to testify on her own behalf during her impeachment trial Monday. Rousseff’s trial was abruptly suspended Friday after senators got into shouting matches. It’s likely that Rousseff will be convicted when the Senate votes. Her mentor, Luiz Lula da Silva, will also attend the testimony, although he’s facing corruption charges of his own.
Prominent human rights lawyer Malek Adly was finally released on Sunday in Egypt, days after a court ordered him freed without bail, and more than 24 hours after a prosecutor’s appeal against his release was rejected. During those 24 hours, family and friends had no idea where he was transferred. Malek Adly spent 114 in pre-trial detention. Meanwhile, journalist Amr Badr was also released. He had been arrested during a security raid at the Press Syndicate last May.
Investigators opened a probe into whether negligence or fraud in building codes added to the death toll of central Italy’s earthquake, which has now reached 290. The school in Amatrice collapsed despite a supposed anti-seismic restoration. Funds that were allotted to retrofit other buildings were used otherwise. Italy’s PM Matteo Renzi had a four-hour meeting Sunday with internationally renowned architect Renzo Piano about seismic retrofitting and reconstruction.
Nearly a thousand students marched in the Malaysian capital Saturday calling for the arrest of an unnamed high-ranking government official. US investigators say this official, who is only known as “Malaysian Official 1,” received $700 million skimmed from a sovereign fund.
A ceasefire between the Colombian government and FARC officially goes into effect Monday, ending 52 years of warfare. The ceasefire was announced Sunday as one of the steps of a larger peace plan.
The Italian Navy rescued 1,100 migrants from 11 vessels off the coast of Sicily on Sunday.
An Australian aid worker abducted in Afghanistan has been freed. The Afghan National Directorate of Security said Kerry Jane Wilson was saved in a special forces operation. The 60-year old had been abducted in Jalalabad four months ago, while visiting to promote local embroidery.
An unknown attacker has thrown an explosive device at the home of Kosovo’s public broadcast chief in the second such attack in a week, police said Monday. A government press release described Sunday’s incident as a “criminal act directed against media freedom in Kosovo.”
Gabon held its presidential elections Sunday, and both sides claim victory. With no official results counted yet, incumbent Ali Bongo Ondimba and his rival Jean Ping both claim they have won. Ping accused Bongo of fraud. Bongo’s family has been ruling the country for about 50 years.
Bangladesh police say that they have killed three suspected terrorists during a raid Saturday, including Tamim Chowdhury, a Bangladeshi-born Canadian who they believe was one of the masterminds behind the Dhaka bakery attack on July 1st that killed 20.
Negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Parternship (TTIP) between the US and EU were halted over the weekend. TTIP is a free-range trade deal and was heavily criticized since its first draft in 2013. Germany’s disagreement over the TTIP is believed to be the likely end of the deal.
Singapore reported 40 more cases of locally transmitted Zika virus infections Sunday, most of them foreign workers at a construction site.
Bolivia’s slain Deputy Interior Minister Rodolfo Illanes was laid to rest. Illanes was killed by a group of miners who have been on strike for months. He was abducted and beaten to death when he attempted to negotiate with them. President Evo Morales called the murder a “political conspiracy.”
The Iraqi city of Qayyarah was liberated from ISIS. The city, which is just 60 km from Mosul, was a battleground for much of August, but was completely rid of ISIS fighters by the end of the week. Thousands of people had already fled the area at the request of the Iraqi government.
Thousands attended a free concert to raise awareness on Mexico’s missing 43 students of Ayotzinapa on Friday. Parents of the missing students thanked the crowd for their solidarity and vowed not to stop pressuring the government to find them alive. Organizers are preparing for large demonstrations for the two-year anniversary of their disappearance on September 26.